Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, published on 1 June 2010, draws on the Council’s ethical framework for dementia and its recommendations on promoting the autonomy of people with dementia.
One of the key components of the Council's ethical framework is the promotion of autonomy in people with dementia. Autonomy is often thought of as the freedom to make your own choices, but people rarely make decisions in isolation.read more »
Ethical dilemmas arise on a daily basis for those providing care for people with dementia. The way in which these dilemmas are approached will have significant impact on the lives of people with dementia and their carers. This is why support in dealing with ethical issues is crucial. We discuss several specific dilemmas below.read more »
People have the legal right to make their own decisions about things such as what medical treatment to accept or where to live, as long as they are capable of doing so. This applies to people with dementia too. As dementia progresses, however, it can get harder for people to make their own decisions.read more »
Good, ethical care recognises the value of the person with dementia. It aims to promote the well-being and autonomy of the person with dementia. At the same time, it pays attention to the interests of carers who provide so much of the day-to-day support.read more »
The report sets out a 6–part ‘ethical framework’ to help those who face dilemmas in connection with the day-to-day care of someone with dementia.read more »
A person with dementia will usually experience a progressive decline in their mental abilities because of damage to the brain. This damage may have many causes, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.read more »
This report concluded that those who support and care for people with dementia need much more support in tackling the ethical problems they meet every day. Guidelines are helpful, but not enough.
A 6–part ‘ethical framework’ is presented to help those who face dilemmas in the day-to-day care of someone with dementia.
The report also makes recommendations in the following areas:read more »